Ashland University's Tom Seddon Announces Retirement

2/24/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Tom Seddon, vice president of development for Ashland University, has announced his retirement from Ashland University effective Feb. 23.

"Tom and Jackie have been a key part of our University family and they will be missed. Tom has provided strong leadership for our development efforts over these last 3½ years," stated Ashland University President Fred Finks.

"On behalf of the development and alumni staff at Ashland University, I want to thank Tom for all of the great things he has accomplished here. He leaves a legacy of hard work and there are many colleagues campus wide who genuinely enjoyed working for and with him. He will be missed, but certainly not forgotten," Finks said.

Plans are being developed to reassign work and responsibilities throughout the development areas while a decision is being made on the hiring of his replacement. Ralph Tomassi, associate vice president for development, will oversee development areas while Margaret Pomfret, executive director of development/campaigns, will oversee the institutional advancement aspects of the department.

"We have a young and ambitious administration and staff in the development area," Dr. Finks said. "I am confident they will rise to the occasion and continue our successful fund raising efforts."

Seddon, who joined Ashland University in January of 2007 as associate vice president of university campaigns, was named vice president of development at Ashland University in January of 2008 and had administrative responsibility for development, legacy estate programs, university campaigns and alumni and parent relations.

Seddon had worked at Archway Cookies Inc. for 20 years, including five years as assistant sales manager, six years as general manager, seven years as vice president of operations, and two years as vice president of marketing and special projects. He also served as a member of the Archway board of directors for eight years. He had served as director of Ashland College's Centennial AC'cent Campaign from 1975 to 1976 and then as the college's director of college relations from 1976 to 1978.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.